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defense system. the israelis say they don't consider this a real violation of the cease-fire, so, therefore, it is, indeed, holding. here, however, people are actually quite skeptical. they say they have had things like this in the past, where there have been big israeli military operations, there have been bombings in gaza, and in the end, however, hamas was still there. hamas managed to regroup, hamas managed to get new weapons, and hamas managed to bomb cities like this one again. nevertheless, of course, after eight days of almost nonstop rocket attacks on this town and on other towns, there are also people, especially other people, who have children, who are now saying this is the first time that they can actually go out with their kids without having to fear those sirens go off, aleaa alina. >> fred, as you well know, benjamin netanyahu did sort of leave the door open for further military offensive, even as this cease-fire holds. what can you tell us about the troop buildup there along the border? >> reporter: yeah, it's very interesting. because that's something that he's
that a victory. but they're trying to make hay and get local support. >> and they lost their key defense chief as well. there was another major player over the last few days. that's been egypt and mohamed morsi. he's largely credited by the u.s. for helping the cease-fire deal happen. but he did something extraordinary overnight, which he gave himself some new administrative powers, essentially makes all of this rulings over the last five months and going forward immune from any kind of legal challenges. some people are saying this is just the next step in becoming more of a dictator here. was he taking advantage of the situation? >> well, we'll have to watch this closely. it appears, you know, the timing is curious. he's gotten the support and this pump, particularly for this role in mediating the cease-fire from the united states, and from others. he's really seen as emerging stronger from this. but this is an issue that goes back to whether the judiciary in egypt was appointed by mubarak and a check on the executive branch. and what he said is this is a temporary, until they have a constitu
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